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Can pledges prompt fast and sure deployment? Many want to know.

In San Francisco, youth are protesting the climate crisis as pledges emerge in Glasgow. (Photo outside BlackRock's San Francisco office by Peg Hunter, via Flickr Creative Commons.) 

Amid a Storm of Pledges, Finding a Blueprint for Climate Capital Deployment

A bumper crop of climate pledges and plans land in your inbox, but how many make it to your term sheet? This investigation follows a few global finance pledges, setting them against capital needs and focusing on partnerships and local efforts as units of action.
Amy Harder, a journalist with chops, takes on the net-zero challenge

Amy Harder, an expert journalist, steers the storytelling for Breakthrough Energy's new publication. 

An Interview With Amy Harder of Cipher by Breakthrough Energy

Amy Harder, a veteran journalist, now runs a new site out of Breakthrough Energy called Cipher. She looks at the transition's hard questions, hard slogs, and compelling stories in a casual Zoom with undergraduates.
Can you see what this company is doing?

(Photo by Greg Dunlap, via Flickr Creative Commons.) Ratings of Chevron, and other companies whose fortunes float on the energy transition, can leave asset managers feeling lost at sea. 

Explainer: When Agencies Rate Companies' ESG Scores, What Are They Actually Rating?

As ESG becomes an increasingly popular investing strategy, questions about better standardization arise. Ideally, ratings agencies would use objective criteria. Some frameworks are emerging that emphasize transparency and context.
Climate tech these days extends to produce preservation

Apeel, a startup that's recently drawn venture investment, makes an edible coating to extend produce's shelf life. (Photo courtesy apeel.com .) 

Explainer: The "Valley of Death" and the Challenges of Scaling Climate Tech

Financing through each stage of a venture's growth is possible - and increasingly available for climate-related startups. How do startups keep gaining investors as they grow into commercial companies and build their emissions-reduction bonafides at the same time?
A coal-fired power plant can't coexist with a safe climate, but securitization can help retire it.

(Photo by Sam LaRussa via Flickr.) This coal-fired power plant outside Austin, Texas, is one of thousands across the country that owners will have to finance out of service. 

Explainer: How Can Securitization Retire Coal Plants?

Imagine that you are a utility owner. You anticipated your plant would last 40 years and invested accordingly. Now you see the value of coal plummeting, but you can't strand your assets. Someone mentions securitization. You wonder: What's that?

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